Black History Month: Explore One of These 5 Southeast Michigan Sites

Ever since 1976, February has been known as Black History Month. The month is dedicated to looking back on the legacy and achievements of blacks in America and honor stories from the past. And here in Michigan, Black History Month is the perfect reason to visit one of these notable African-American historical sites in the Southeast corner of the state:

  • The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn: Each week during the month of February is dedicated to different aspects of African-American history, from the northern migration and the roots of civil rights history to the triumphs and challenges of the present day. Make sure you grab a bite at the Michigan Café, where special African-American-inspired recipes will be available through Black History Month.
  • Motown Museum in Detroit: The impact of African Americans on music in America is undeniable. And the Motown Museum is the best place to learn about iconic African American musicians who started their path to stardom in Detroit. The most popular exhibit is “Studio A,” where various groups like The Temptations and The Supremes recorded number one hits (and where you can sing a few notes as well).
  • Charles H. Wright Museum in Detroit: This is the world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. It houses more than 35,000 artifacts and archival materials and is home to wax figures, paintings, an exhibit on the history of slave trading, recreations of life on slave ships and more.
  • The Underground Railroad in Michigan at the Nankin Mills Nature Center in Westland: This program, which is recommended for history buffs ages 12 and up, takes place on February 27 and explores the ties Michigan had to the Underground Railroad. It also dives into the lore from that era, like the rumors that escaped slaves may have hid nearby during their journey along the Rouge to the Detroit River, Canada and freedom.
  • Second Baptist Church of Detroit: In March, 1836, 13 determined men and women received permission from the Territorial Legislature of Michigan to own and operate their own church. Second Baptist had an important mission: to free slaves and have them enjoy the full privileges of American citizenship. This downtown Detroit church is now the oldest religious institution owned by blacks in the Midwest and worth a visit.

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